The Sentinel – Volume 11, Issue 6

Living Stones on the Pathway to Heaven…

Message from the Principal

In the Diocese of Arlington we are blessed with an outstanding selection of high school programs:Bishop Denis J. O’Connell (Arlington), Bishop Ireton (Alexandria), Paul VI (Fairfax), Seton (Manassas) and the recently opened Pope John Paul the Great (Dumfries).  Although high school may be many years down the path for your family, I encourage you now to begin planning for the next step in your child’s Catholic education.

Of the high schools in our diocese, Seton School is unique as it offers a program that begins at the 7thgrade.  For a number of years, Mrs. Carroll, the principal, has graciously extended to the students of All Saints the option of deferred acceptance.  Through this arrangement, students at All Saints who apply for admission to Seton for their 7th or 8th grade years may defer their acceptance until 9th grade.  This, of course, is dependent upon each student continuing to meet the academic and behavioral criteria for acceptance at Seton.  It is important that I stress that students who wish to attend Seton School for their high school years are strongly encouraged to pursue this deferred acceptance option.  Students who wait until their 8th grade year to submit an application are less likely to be accepted due to the fact that the school maintains a full enrollment at the junior high level.  The benefit of this partnership is that our students are able to complete their elementary and middle school years at All Saints, enjoying all of the opportunities for leadership, while being guaranteed a space for freshman year.

I hope this information is helpful to you as you begin to plan for your child’s high school education. Should you have any questions or if I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Message from the Balino Family…

To our Brothers and Sisters:

Lifetime events have graced or tested the strength of our family.  We were blessed with the birth of my children and landing a townhouse in a pleasant Bristow neighborhood.  Due to an unfortunate accident, our house was affected by a combination of fire and water damage. It is definitely an experience no one hopes or wishes for.  We are glad that no one was hurt.  Mixed emotions ensued.  Many questions followed.  The first few weeks after the fire were so stressful and tiresome but we personally felt lifted by seeing the greatness of the human spirit through neighbors, friends, new acquaintances, and All Saints Catholic School Community.  We saw how concerned and felt the goodness others had to unselfishly offer.  We were deeply touched and at most, overwhelmed with a loss for words.  This feeling of hope will continue to ease our pains during these trying times.

We are heart-fully grateful and eternally moved by the help you have extended to us through your prayers, thoughts, precious time, and generosity.  We cannot thank you enough for the compassion and love you have shown our family.  Our family has suffered and continues to struggle in getting things back to normal.  We pray that we continue to be strong and one day look beyond this obstacle with renewed strength.  May we some day be the ones to give hope and offer all-out support to those in need.

Thank you so much and may God Bless us all.

-Danny, Remedios, Danrem, Geraldine, Owen, and Elaine Balino

October Virtue of the Month ~ Self Control

Students will be encouraged to demonstrate the virtue of self-control both at school and home through the following strategies:

1)       Follow the rules.

2)       Never interrupt someone who is talking.

3)       Get into and walk in line without talking.

4)       Be responsible for your space in the cafeteria or at the dinner table.

5)       Listen attentively to morning and afternoon announcements.

6)       Keep your feet and hands to yourself.  Never kick or hit anyone.

7)       Say only kind words.

8)       If you get angry walk away from the situation until you are calm and can discuss it.

Prayer of the Month

Merciful Lord, let your Holy Spirit guide my life so that my soul may bear the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Renew my desire to be your faithful friend and servant, increase my loving dependence on you, and grant me that joy and peace of heart which comes from doing your holy will. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Veterans Day Celebration

Join us as our school community honors the commitment of the men and women who have served our country in the United States Armed Forces. We cordially invite all active duty, reserve, former and retired military personnel to attend our school Mass on Wednesday, November 10th at 8:30 a.m. Following the Mass, there will be a ceremony and question/answer session in the Parish Activities Center, followed by a reception for our honored guests in Father Kelley Hall. Students will also be receiving a packet of information through their classroom teachers about our Veterans Wall Display which will further honor military personnel from our school community

October ~ Disability Awareness Month in the Arlington Diocese

October is Respect for Life month and it is an apt time to take note that just 26 years ago someone born with Down Syndrome or other intellectual disability would probably have been institutionalized.

Much progress has been made since then in the areas of education, job training, inclusive sports, socialization events and adult living facilities.

As we create awareness, we also need to emphasize the value of this special population to the overall school community. They can teach us to be accepting of differences, to understand their capabilities and to realize we all have the same dreams: a loving family, a welcoming society, a job and independent living as we mature.

Your children will be the future educators, work partners, employers, and supporters of individuals with intellectual disabilities. By guiding them with a spiritual message of compassion, it is our hope that great strides will be made in embracing these very special angels who were put on this earth to bring us closer to Christ, our Savior.

-Leo Alonso

Throughout the month of October, we have the opportunity to share information with our school community that will promote an understanding of those with intellectual disabilities as well as the many programs and volunteer opportunities available to support them.

PVI Announcements

  • Junior High Night Under the Lights ~ Free to all 7th and 8th Graders) ~ Rally in the Alley and Panther Varsity Football ~ October 29, 2010 ~ 6:00PM ~ Free Food, Fun, Tee Shirts and Admission to the Game for All!
  • 7th and 8th Grade Annual Open House ~ October 31, 2010 ~ 1 to 4 p.m. ~ Presentations at 1:00 and 2:30

BoxTops for Education

Turn your ‘Trash into Cash’!  Clip the General Mills pink BoxTops and send them in with your student.  Mark the baggie with the student’s homeroom so the class can get credit.  Last year we earned over $2700.00.  We are going for $5000.00 this year.  No extra cost, only clipping time, is required.  For a complete listing of products where BoxTops can be found, go to www.btfe.com . You can sign up to receive coupons, recipes, and more. Ask your neighbors, co-workers, and family members to clip them also. Each BoxTop is worth 10 cents.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Magazine Fundraiser Update

Thanks to all who have participated so far!  Remember, you can still go online if you would like to order:  www.qsp.com, School ID: 425091453 and 40% goes back to All Saints.  If you placed orders (online or by catalog) from 9/13 to 9/27 and sold 6, 12, 15, 25 or more subscriptions, your family should have been contacted-every child in the family is eligible for a prize at these levels.  Please respond to Holly Stefonsky at hdstef40@att.net with your prize choice or if you have any questions. Thanks for your support!

Meals for the Leonard Family

Mrs. Cathy Pell is coordinating dinners for the Leonard family Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  For planning purposes, the Leonards do not have any food allergies, but prefer foods that are not particularly spicy and that have not had any salt added.  School families are also welcome to donate gift cards to local restaurants in support of this project.  Donations of both meals and restaurant gift cards should be delivered to the front office of the school. To volunteer for meals, please go to the following website: http://www.mealtrain.com?id=m0y8ppl9er6t.  If you have any problem with the website, please email Cathy at cspell5@msn.com or call her at 703-772-4378.

Upcoming Events

  • Middle School Parent Presentation ~ The Gift of Human Sexuality Program ~ Thursday, October 7th(Parish Activities Center/7:00 p.m.)
  • Columbus Day Holiday ~ Monday, October 11th
  • Bishop Ireton High School Presentation to 8th Grade ~ Tuesday, October 12th (9:45 a.m.)
  • Gift of Human Sexuality Program – Presentation #1 to Middle School Students ~ Wednesday, October 13th
  • PTO Bingo Night ~ Saturday, October 16th (Knights’ Hall/5:00 p.m.)

Being Sent Home with Each Student

  • Fall Pictures

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